Shakuntala Devi (Human-Computer) Age, Husband, Daughter, Biography and More

Shakuntala Devi was a great Indian mathematician also known as human-computer. She was asked to multiply 13 digit randomly picked numbers and she gave answer within 28 seconds. This remarkable incidence added to the “Guinness book of records” in 1982. Apart from Mathematics, she was a good writer too. Her book “The world of Homosexuals” is the first book on Homosexuality in India.

Shakuntala Devi, Image source- Wikipedia

Personal Life

NameShakuntala Devi
ProfessionsMathematician, Writer
Date of birth(Monday) 4 November 1929
Birth PlaceBangalore, Karnataka, India
Date of Death21 April 2013
Death PlaceBangalore, Karnataka, India
Cause of DeathHeart Attack
Zodiac SignScorpio
NationalityIndian
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityDid not attend
Educational QualificationsDid not have any formal educational qualifications
ReligionHindu
CastKannada Brahmin
Food typeVegetarian

Family

MotherInformation not known
Father Name not known
Marriage Date1960
Marital Status Divorced
HusbandParitosh Banerji (IAS officer, Kolkata)
Son/DaughterAnupama Banerji

Early Life

  • Shakuntala Devi was not able to complete her education because of her poor financial background. Her father worked in the circus as a trapeze artist.
  • At the age of 3, her father discovered her extraordinary skills in numbers. Then he started doing roadshows to showcase her skills in front of people.
  • She performed her arithmetic abilities at Mysore University at the age of 6.

Career Path

  • She stated to demonstrating her talent by doing foreign tours.
  • In 1988 professor Jensen gave her task to find out the cube root of 61,629,875 and the seventh root of 170,859,375. She gave the correct answer before they note down in the book.
  • She gave the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds, at Southern Methodist University.
  • At Imperial college of London she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers—7,686,369,774,870 Ă— 2,465,099,745,779. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds, isn’t that phenomenal. This was recorded in “Guiness Book of Record“, in 1982.

Relationship status

  • She married to Paritosh Banerji in 1960. They divorced in 1979 due to some personal problems.
  • She had one daughter Anupama Banerji.

Achievements and Awards

  • In 1969 she was awarded the title of the ‘Most Distinguished Woman of the Year‘ by the University of Philippines.
  • She received the ‘Ramanujan Mathematical Genius’ Award in Washington D.C in 1988.
  • She was honored with a Google Doodle for what would have been her 84th birthday on 4 November 2013.
Shakuntala devi’s Google Doodle

Books

  • Apart from her mathematics skills, she was also a great writer too.
  • Her book “The world of Homosexuals” was the first study book related to Indian homosexuality.
  • She had written many books on astrology, mathematics for children, and puzzle books too.
  • here is a list of books written by her:
    • Astrology for You
    • Book of Numbers In the Wonderland of Numbers
    • Mathability: Awaken the Math Genius in Your ChildMore Puzzles to Puzzle YouPerfect Murder
    • Puzzles to Puzzle YouSuper Memory: It Can Be Yours

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